Mongezi Ncaphayi who received the Thami Mnyele award will be staying in Amsterdam until July 12.
Mongezi Ncaphayi's work stands out from his contemporaries for its abstract qualities. His screenprints are intricate webs, carefully mapped out, as if tracing the stories of an organically evolving landscape. Ncaphayi's explores and investigates South Africa's socio-political history, in particular the history of mineworkers and mining politics. Trained at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, Ncapahyi is interested in the displacement of the migrant worker, the assimilation of cultures, and systems that governed migratory relations. Also a jazz musician, the artist says he uses music as a tool in his work for dealing with situations, as the migrant workers used to do, reminiscing about their homelands.